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Life Is Not a Fairytale: The Fantasia Barrino Story (2006)

Fantasia Barrino overcomes sexual abuse, illiteracy, and other setbacks and becomes the winner of "American Idol" in 2004.



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2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Addie Collins
Joseph Barrino
Rodney Birks
Johnny Lee
Mr. Emanuel
Rico Barrino
Norman Nixon Jr. ...
Paul Amadi ...
Young Rico
Young Tiny
Toussant Duchess ...
Wanda Jean


American Idol's third season winner Fantasia Barrino plays herself in a television movie that shows how the teenage single mother overcame poverty, sexual abuse and illiteracy to win the hit talent show. "Life Is Not a Fairy Tale: The Fantasia Barrino Story" will premiere in August 2006 on the women's cable channel, Lifetime Television. Written by Chuck Halley

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My story is I believe


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19 August 2006 (USA)  »

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A História de Fantasia Barrino  »

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Director Debbie Allen has a brief cameo as a woman in sunglasses auditioning for American Idol. See more »


Features American Idol (2002) See more »


God Bless The Child
Written by Billie Holiday and Arthur Herzog Jr.
Performed by Fantasia Barrino
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The Fantasia story is an inspiration
7 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Fantasia, you are an inspiration to me. You did a wonderful job acting. I am looking forward to seeing you more often on television. Thank you Debbie Allen for directing this wonderful movie. Fantasia, you are my American Idol! I do not care what anybody says. I will buy and support every CD or movie that you are in. I have had struggles in my past also and overcame them. Fantasia, continue to keep it real and be yourself. You are a beautiful person with a sweet personality. You deserve all the blessings that have come upon you. I was also happy to see Kadeem acting as Fantasia's father. You go Kadeem! The whole cast was wonderful. Debbie Allen, you are a wonderful director. Keep doing what you are doing. I will buy and support all your work also. I think America needs more movies like this because there are so many young people who needs to see inspiring movies like this.

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